STUART BINGHAM made the most of a quiet month for him on the snooker Tour by dusting off his golf clubs for charity. 

The world No 9 was part of a four-man team in action at the Celebrity Golf Classic at Hanbury Manor in support of the President's Sports Club and The Essex Disabled Sports Foundation.

Ballrun and fellow sporting stars including Nigel Mansell, Kriss Akabusi, Luther Blissett, Micky Hazard and Ozzie Ardiles took part in the event in Ware in early July.

Bingham (pictured second from the right at the top) said: "It was on one of the par threes and with the old hickory clubs. It makes it a bit of a showpiece.

"I didn't do as well as I could have but still got 33 points and our team, which was me and three guys on a corporate day, came about middle of the pack. 

"But it was a great occasion and I was honoured to take part and, importantly, it raised the profile of a great Essex-based charity."

Bingham just missed out on an invitation to next week's Hong Kong Masters and is not one of the 16 players competing in the World Games (July 26-30) in Wroclaw, Poland.

So he will next be in action in qualifiers for the Indian Open, the European Masters, which is in Belgium this year, and the China-based World Open at Preston Guild Hall, between August 1-9.

Ballrun added: "I see qualifying for every tournment as a priority. It all goes hand-in-hand because you try to qualify, then try and go as deep into a tournament as you can to win more money, and that gives you more ranking points.

"You can over analyse what to target and how to approach the season but I don't think that is the right way to do it so I just try to do my best every game and then hope everything lines up.

"I'm using a new cue for the first time in 12 years and it obviously has a different grain and plays a tad different. But you have to rely on it for the big shots so I have been practicing hard and I am excited to see how I do with it."

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